In a healthy watershed, head water meadows clean and store water, riparian corridors clean run off and connect the watershed, and floodplains attenuate flooding and recharge groundwater. A healthy watershed provides water supply for humans and creatures, supports ecosystems and agriculture, and provides opportunities for recreation and connection with nature.
Agency, tribal and NGO partners are working across the watershed to restore watershed function.
Stewardship means to take care of the watershed. Examples include:
Agency, NGO, and tribal partners are creating stewardship programs and coordinating stewardship actions across the watershed.
Preservation protects the values of the watershed; multi-benefit preservation protects multiple values in one project.
An example of a multi-benefit project is one that recharges groundwater, preserves a riparian corridor to provide habitat, connectivity, and improve water quality....and supports agriculture, all on the same property.
Agency, tribal and NGO partners are working with individual landowners to create projects that benefit the landowner and the watershed.